- Information minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has responded to a statement made by NDC's Johnson Asiedu Nketia, about the formation of a Commission of Inquiry
- The commission was formed to investigate the reports of violence that rocked the by-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon
- Nketia however argued that the 1992 constitution has outlined the process involved in forming a commission
The minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has reacted to claims made by National Democratic Congress (NDC), general secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, about a recently formed Commission of Inquiry.
According to him, General Mosquito is grossly misinformed with respect to the formation of Commissions of Inquiry.
Nketia, also known as General Mosquito, is reported to have passed comments about a commission formed to investigate the violence that rocked the recently held by-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon.
In his opinion, the commission is nothing more than a smokescreen and an illegality being employed by the ruling government.
“Our constitution is very clear . . . that the president, by a constitutional instrument, establish a Commission of Inquiry into any matter of public interest .
But I have not heard of any constitutional instrument being laid before parliament; for it to mature, and then somebody from the presidency announces that the president has established a commission.
It is a wrong move and I think that should not prevent the police from arresting and prosecuting the perpetrators who are known.
It cannot be a Commission of Inquiry according to our laws. It is false; it is a smoke screen," Asiedu Nketiah argued, citing article 278(1) of the 1992 constitution.
The government, on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, announced the setting up of a three-member Commission of Inquiry, chaired by Justice Emile Short, former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), to investigate and establish the facts leading to the events and associated violence in the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.
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